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Top 5 Ukuleles - Best Entry Level Soprano Ukulele

Top 5 Ukuleles - Best Entry Level Soprano Ukulele

Posted by Duke of Uke on 21st Oct 2018

Our Top 5 Soprano Ukulele recommendations for your first ukulele!
Duke of Uke selects the best Soprano Ukuleles for beginners.

If you're new to the ukulele or simply want an affordable grab and go instrument, read on for our Top 5 recommendations!

Aria AU-1 Mahogany Soprano Ukulele

Aria AU-1 Mahogany Soprano Ukulele

Our best selling starter ukulele

The Aria AU-1 is a Duke of Uke customer favourite and for good reason. We previously voted this the best starter ukulele of the year, and whilst the Aria now faces some very very stiff competition the AU-1 Mahogany Soprano remains a fantastic value entry-level Soprano Uke.

The Aria AU-1 is great value, a perfect choice for your first ukulele. This fun to play soprano also comes with the ever-popular Aquila Super Nylgut strings. It sounds fantastic, with a full and sweet tone.

Well constructed with clean styling, this soprano ukulele feels like a classic. Ideal for beginners wanting a ukulele that is easy to play and comfortable to hold. The Aria AU-1 looks great too, finished in a smooth red tinted satin.

Some entry-level models fall short on sound and tuning, but the AU-1 really delivers. If you're after a well priced uke that sounds warm and rich, look no further. Thanks to the mahogany body, this ukulele has plenty of character, with a relaxed, mellow sound.

Players searching for a little extra room on the fingerboard will be glad to know the nut is wider than most, providing plenty of space to form those first difficult chords.

Up there with the big name brands and every bit as good for the price. In fact, Aria are well seasoned at making ukuleles. Established in Japan in 1956, Aria have built a reputation for well made and great sounding ukuleles based on the classic Martin shape. The AU-1 follows in this tradition, a highly recommended choice for beginners!

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Duke DUSX Solid Mahogany Top Soprano Ukulele

Great sounding deluxe ukulele that really sings

Duke ukuleles seek to inspire beginner players with warm resonant tones and classic mahogany styling inspired by the ukuleles that started it all!

Easy to play and comfortable to hold, Duke ukuleles combine reliability and tradition, made with the beginner player in mind. Ideal for encouraging those taking their first steps on the instrument, or for more experienced players, a great looking, take anywhere ukulele.

The DUSX Soprano model features a solid mahogany top, back and sides with Duke Ukulele Co insignia headstock and double-line soundhole rosette in gold. Featuring industry standard Aquila Nylgut Strings for improved intonation and superior tone. Easy to use tuning machines with classic black oval buttons keep you in tune.

This entry-level ukulele has plenty of heart and character. The solid mahogany top on the DUSX enhances resonance and increases both projection and sound quality. Featuring a tapered back, the ukulele fits closer to your body for extra comfort.

Without doubt one of the most attractive, affordable Ukuleles available at Duke of Uke. One of the best quality sopranos under £100, it's an absolute steal for your first solid top ukulele.

If you're a beginner player or looking to inspire with a gift, you can't go wrong with the Duke DUSX. It's superior sound thanks to the solid mahogany top is certain to bring a ray of ukulele sunshine into your home!

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Snail 212E Mahogany Soprano Ukulele

Decorative, well constructed and easy to play

Snail Ukuleles have found high favour among the staff here at the Duke of Uke. The Snail range of ukuleles are very competitively priced, and offer a higher level of detail and playability to similar priced alternatives.

These entry-level sopranos are beautifully constructed, with just a slightly wider than usual neck width (affording extra fretting hand comfort), and an additional two frets, completing a more versatile 14 fret neck.

Chrome plated die cast tuners and red tortoiseshell binding are also luxury appointments included here, unusual for an instrument in this price range. They sound great too, the 212E Mahogany Soprano has a classic percussive ‘slap’ to add to the underlying warmth of the sound.

Snail Ukuleles feature a selection of exotic wood options giving each instrument an individual look, so be sure to check out the Rosewood and Zebrawood alternatives to the Mahogany soprano if you're looking for something a bit different.

For an overall softer tone with slightly more attack than the Mahogany version, the Rosewood E220 is beatuifully mellow sounding. If your preference is a brighter, bouncier tone, look to the Zebrawood E215. The Zebrawood provides not only an attractive stripe grain finish, but a slightly harder edge to the sound, perfect for anyone who likes their ukulele with more bite.

For a fully featured beginner Soprano, look no further. 

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Kala KA-S & KA-SEM Mahogany Series Soprano Ukulele

Classic soprano ukulele from the world's biggest brand

Kala KA-S is, by anyone’s yardstick, the industry standard entry-level Soprano Ukulele. Kala's entire range of ukuleles is nothing short of impressive and the KA-S Mahogany Soprano can be considered a fantastic entry into the world of this reliable brand.

The Kala KA-S ukulele offers a sound with balance and clarity which makes these entry-level ukuleles sonically very appealing. In the looks department the KA-S is classic with tasteful traditional white binding and geared chrome tuners.

The alternative finish on KA-SEM Exotic Mahogany is every bit as good as it's sibling, featuring the same balance and clarity to the sound, and the same styling. The KA-SEM has the same tasteful contrast binding, only this time in black, and an attractive exotic wood top, back and sides in flame Mahogany. The Kala Exotic Mahogany is an excellent choice for players wanting the characteristic brightness of the KA-S with a more premium looking finish.

The signature sound of the Kala entry level Mahogany Series are bright and resonant, containing sweet ‘highs’ and mellow ‘lows’, that will most certainly inspire confidence in the beginner ukulele player. Being mahogany, the sound has a warmth that is pleasing to the ear, lively with plenty of character. Well constructed and finished ukuleles, with reliable tuning and intonation.

Kala always deliver a great level of build quality, bestowing the same level of attention to detail on the KA-S and KA-SEM as they do on their higher end instruments. They're quite simply put, one of the best and most reliable entry level soprano Ukuleles around.

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Cordoba 15SM Mahogany Soprano Ukulele

Spanish guitar inspired beginner ukulele

Cordoba are a company renowned for Spanish classical guitars who in addition have developed a beautiful range of ukuleles.

Their best-selling 15SM soprano is no exception; from the moment you pick this ukulele up it feels well-crafted. From the shimmering abalone-style rosette to the high-finish body and fingerboard, this ukulele is a cut above many others in its price range.

Thanks to the slightly deeper body, the Cordoba 15SM Soprano offers a warm, slightly lower sounding resonance and volume than some of the rival brands on offer. The finish is a smooth natural mahogany satin that looks and feels great. Pearloid buttons and classic white binding completes a very attractive looking starter ukulele.

Cordoba ukuleles all have a wider nut width than many of their competitors, at 38mm, making them favourites with guitar players or beginners wanting extra fretting room and comfort. Unusual for a Soprano ukulele the 15SM has a fingerboard busting 17 frets, great for those with ambitions to explore the higher reaches of the neck!

For a fresh upgrade from the more basic beginner instruments, this instrument's craftsmanship and angelic tone really set it apart from other starters on the market. An excellent gift for musicians or guitarists who are branching out into ukulele.

Cordoba 15SM Soprano Ukulele

More Recommendations

Laka VUS50

This fantastic Entry Level instrument Laka is definitely worth a look! If you're looking for an affordable feature filled ukulele, the VUS50 wins hands down. Not only does it include a solid mahogany top, it also features a built in tuner, making this an excellent value starter package.

For a great sounding, reliable ukulele that is a first great step up into the world of solid top ukuleles, look no further.

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Kala KA-15S-S Spruce Top Soprano Ukulele

Made with the same passion and expertise that Kala put into their instruments across the board, it's hard to find another ukulele that so perfectly sits at the crossroads of affordability and richness of tone. This understated and elegant soprano is afforded a level of clarity and warmth by its mahogany body, embellished with an attractive 'Sun' style etching around the soundhole.

It is a rare but welcome treat to have a spruce-topped ukulele affordable enough to include in our starter line-up. The spruce adds sparkle and heft to the mahogany's rich warm tones. Without a doubt one of the finest starter instruments you'll find, so for something with a little more nuance and style, the 15S-S is well worth a look.

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Kala Waterman Soprano Ukulele

The innovative Waterman is a high-quality, affordable take-anywhere ukulele. Inspired by the plastic Maccaferri ukuleles of the 1950s, Kala have resurrected the design in a range of finishes and colours. Our particular favourites, the all clear KA-SWT 'Ghost Uke' and the Glow in the Dark KA-SWG-BL are great for an inexpensive spare uke to take camping or to the beach. The ultimate outdoor holiday ukulele!

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